Sunday, October 26, 2014

Get Up & Go: Aussies more likely to go to Google than Gran

Get Up & Go: Aussies more likely to go to Google than Gran

Aussies more likely to go to Google than Gran

 Aerogard calls out to Australians to take part in annual Gramping season from October 2014 – 28 February 201
( ( Chloe Maxwell announced as Aerogard’s ‘Gramping’ ambassador)
Australians are nearly three times more likely to get life advice from Google rather than their grandparents (69% versus 25% respectively), showing an alarming state of family affairs. 
The Aerogard Grandparents Survey, which asked 1000 Australians with children about their relationship with their grandparents, also unveiled a growing concern about development of life skills with two in five (42%) Aussie parents believing their children are missing out on important life lessons by not spending enough time with their grandparents.
When asked what their grandparents teach their family members, the majority said family values (75%), followed by good manners (66%) and kindness (59%).
A quarter (24%) of Australian children see their grandparents less than once a month, however 65% would like to see them at least weekly.
While one in ten believe they don’t have enough time to see their grandparents as much as they’d like, Australian children spend an average of 10.5 hours per week on a computer or tablet each week.
The survey comes as families across Australia embrace the 2014 Gramping season (October 2014 – 28 February 2015) thanks to Aerogard and Mortein.
Gramping is the name given to the emerging trend of camping with parents, kids and grandparents. It encourages families to come together throughout summer for a camping getaway where they can escape the distractions of day to day life.
Aerogard announced model and mum of two, Chloe Maxwell, as national Gramping ambassador.
“The bond between grandchild and grandparent is really special. Activities like Gramping are essential to ensure we’re making time to keep this relationship alive,” said Maxwell.
“I’m lucky that my children are really close to their grandparents. I wish Gramping was around when I was younger, I think it’s such a lovely way to spend quality time together. You’re out amongst nature and away from day-to-day distractions such as smart phones, tablets and video games. 
“For anyone considering going Gramping, let me say that kids will never remember their best day of TV, but they will remember the best day they had with their Nan.”

In its second year already, more than 1,500 families across Australia have registered their own Grampouts taking place at campsites and in backyards across the country.
“We asked Australians what their main frustration was about camping, and the number one response was mosquitoes and insects (39%).  So, alongside your board games, food for the BBQ and sunscreen, we recommend Aussies stock up on plenty of Aerogard to keep the pests away.” said Rowena Newman, Aerogard spokesperson.

Fantastic permanent camp set-up on Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour. Great spot for 'Gramping'.

Get UP & Go team - gramping!

Gramping Season runs from October 2014 and continues throughout the summer until 28 February 2015. For more information visit 


Advice, life skills and grandparents
  • Aussies are nearly three times more likely to go to Google for advice than their grandparents
    • 69% of Australians will seek advice from Google regularly
    • Just 25% of Australians will seek advice from their grandparents regularly
  • Two in five (42%) Aussie parents believe their children are missing out on important life lessons and skills by not spending enough time with their grandparents

What do grandparents offer us?
  • 48% of Australians believe grandparents are great company
  • 45% believe they are a source of wisdom
  • The number one thing Australians learn from their grandparents is family values (75%), followed by good manners (66%) and kindness (59%)
  • 1 in 10 (9%) of Australians learn to camp from their grandparents

How often are Australian children seeing their grandparents?
  • A quarter (24%) of Australian children see their grandparents less than once a month, however 65% would like to see them at least weekly
  • More than a quarter (28%) of Australian children see their grandparents less often than they did five years ago
  • A third (33%) of Australian parents saw their own grandparents more than their children see of theirs when they were their children’s age

 Why don’t we see our grandparents as much as we’d like to?
  • Two in five (43%) say they live too far away
  • One in ten (16%) say they don’t have time
  • Another one in ten (15%) work too much
·       Australian children spend an average of 10.5 hours per week on a computer or tablet each week

What do we do when we see our grandparents?
  1. Catch up for a cup of tea or coffee (67%)
  2. Go out for a meal (54%)
  3. Watch TV (41%)
  4. Go to the park (44%)
  5. Go shopping (37%)

What do we know about our grandparents?
  • One in ten (13%) Australians don’t know much about their grandparents.
  • A third (37%) of Australians believe grandparents play more of a role in their lives nowadays compared with older generations

What do Australians find most frustrating about camping?
  1. Two in five (39%) find mosquitoes and insects the most annoying thing about camping, followed by;
  2. Lack of bathroom facilities (19%)
  3. Being cold / bad weather (14%)
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About the Aerogard Grandparents Survey

Commissioned by Aerogard, this study was conducted by D&M Research from 3rd to the 7th October 2014. 1,000 respondents completed the survey resulting in a +- error rate of 3.1 at a 95% confidence level. The sample was randomly selected from the Research Now Permission Based Panel of more than 170,000 panellists. D&M Research is a member of AMSRO and AMSRS and has ISO 20252 Certification.

About Aerogard
Since 1963, Aerogard has been protecting families against mosquitoes, and has been trusted by Australia for its long-lasting protection, and continues to be an essential part of every family’s summer; helping to create timeless memories.

For more information visit

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Get Up & Go

Get Up & Go

Tai Chi – an ice breaker in Bangkok

Get Up & Go's guest blogger this week is Briar Jensen - giving tai chi the once over . . .

Apparently, tai chi is all about internal energy flow, but the only energy I’m channelling is nervous energy. How much of a goose (or perhaps that should be crane?) am I making of myself? But I don’t care.
I feel enormously privileged to be invited to join a tai chi session in Bangkok’s Lumpini Park by people I don’t know, don’t share a language with and will probably never meet again.

Lumpini Park is a green oasis in the heart of Bangkok. Like New York’s Central Park, it’s a place for exercise, relaxation and recreation. It’s also a great place to escape the heat with its shady trees, artificial lake and trickling fountains.

Every morning the park is filled with people meditating, socialising and exercising – from ballroom dancing to sword fighting.  
On an early morning walk from my hotel, the Sofitel So Bangkok, I stop to admire a group of women practising tai chi when, with hand gestures and an encouraging smile, I’m invited to join in.

While it looks simple, tai chi takes concentration and control. I lack the fluid movements of the leader as I cross my arms the wrong way and turn in the wrong direction. My ‘White Crane Spreads Wing’ is more ‘Black Bird Dies Slowly’.

But the grins of appreciation at my clumsy efforts have me brimming with pride. Hmm, the energy flow of pride – that’s probably not quite the tai chi philosophy, but I certainly feel good on the inside.
The writer was a guest of Accor Hotels.
More: The Sofitel So Bangkok overlooks Lumpini Park. The rooms are decorated in four themes: earth, water, wood and metal and the staff wear quirky, vibrant uniforms designed by Christian Lacroix.  Visit

Friday, October 3, 2014

Get Up & Go: Two styles

Get Up & Go: Two styles: Check these two pictures out - one (guess which one) was taken at the gates to the Royal Palace, Street 240 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Lovel...